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despondency
NOUN the state of being despondent (feeling or showing extreme discouragement, dejection, or depression) : DEJECTION, HOPELESSNESS
disposition
NOUN 1 : the act or the power of disposing or the state of being disposed : as a : ADMINISTRATION, CONTROL b : final arrangement : SETTLEMENT <the disposition of the case> c (1): transfer to the care or possession of another (2) : the power of such transferal d : orderly arrangement 2 a : prevailing tendency, mood, or inclination b : temperamental makeup c : the tendency of something to act in a certain manner under given circumstances
prolific
ADJ 1 : producing young or fruit especially freely : FRUITFUL 2 archaic: causing abundant growth, generation, or reproduction 3 : marked by abundant inventiveness or productivity <a prolific composer>; synonym see FERTILE
rebuke
VERB 1 a : to criticize sharply : REPRIMAND b : to serve as a rebuke to 2 : to turn back or keep down : CHECK
undue
ADJ 1 : not due : not yet payable 2 : exceeding or violating propriety or fitness : EXCESSIVE
calculable
ADJ 1 : subject to or ascertainable by calculation 2 : that may be counted on: DEPENDABLE
inexplicable
ADJ incapable of being explained, interpreted, or accounted for
sprite
NOUN 1 a archaic : SOUL b : a disembodied spirit : GHOST 2 a : ELF, FAIRY b: an elfish person
intangibility
NOUN the quality of being impalpable or untouchable
perverse
ADJ 1 a : turned away from what is right or good : CORRUPT b : IMPROPER, INCORRECT c : contrary to the evidence or the direction of the judge on a point of law <perverse verdict> 2 a : obstinate in opposing what is right, reasonable, or accepted : WRONGHEADED b : arising from or indicative of stubbornness or obstinacy 3 : marked by peevishness or petulance : CRANKY
inviolable
ADJ 1 : secure from violation or profanation 2 : secure from assault or trespass : UNASSAILABLE
anathema
: one that is cursed by ecclesiastical authority b : someone or something intensely disliked or loathed -- usually used as a predicate nominative <this notion was anathema to most of his countrymen -- S. J. Gould> 2 a : a ban or curse solemnly pronounced by ecclesiastical authority and accompanied by excommunication b : the denunciation of something as accursed c : a vigorous denunciation: CURSE
rankle
VERB 1 : to cause anger, irritation, or deep bitterness 2 : to feel anger and irritation
enmity
NOUN positive, active, and typically mutual hatred or ill will
inalienable
ADJ incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or transferred
faculty
NOUN 1 : ABILITY, POWER: as a : innate or acquired ability to act or do b : an inherent capability, power, or function <the faculty of hearing> c : any of the powers of the mind formerly held by psychologists to form a basis for the explanation of all mental phenomena d : natural aptitude <has a faculty for saying the right things> 2 a : a branch of teaching or learning in an educational institution b archaic : something in which one is trained or qualified
deportment
NOUN the manner in which one conducts oneself : BEHAVIOR; synonym see BEARING
idle
ADJ 1 : lacking worth or basis : VAIN <idle chatter> <idle pleasure> 2 : not occupied or employed: as a : having no employment : INACTIVE <idle workers> b : not turned to normal or appropriate use <idle funds> <idle farmland> c : not scheduled to compete <the team will be idle tomorrow> 3 a : SHIFTLESS, LAZY b : having no evident lawful means of support; synonym see VAIN, INACTIVE
sportive
ADJ 1 a : FROLICSOME, PLAYFUL b : ARDENT, WANTON 2 : of or relating to sports and especially field sports
impel
VERB 1 : to urge or drive forward or on by or as if by the exertion of strong moral pressure : FORCE 2 : to impart motion to : PROPEL; synonym see MOVE
ludicrous
ADJ 1 : amusing or laughable through obvious absurdity, incongruity, exaggeration, or eccentricity 2 : meriting derisive laughter or scorn as absurdly inept, false, or foolish; synonym see LAUGHABLE
pristine
ADJ 1 : belonging to the earliest period or state : ORIGINAL <the hypothetical pristine lunar atmosphere> 2 a : not spoiled, corrupted, or polluted (as by civilization) : PURE <a pristine forest> b : fresh and clean as or as if new <pristine hard-backs in uniform editions to fill our built-in bookcases -- Michiko Kakutani>
imperious
ADJ 1 a : befitting or characteristic of one of eminent rank or attainments : COMMANDING, DOMINANT <an imperious manner> b : marked by arrogant assurance : DOMINEERING 2 : intensely compelling : URGENT <the imperious problems of the new age -- J. F. Kennedy>; synonym see MASTERFUL
pallid
ADJ 1 : deficient in color : WAN <a pallid countenance> 2 : lacking sparkle or liveliness : DULL <a pallid entertainment>
extant
ADJ 1 archaic : standing out or above 2 a : currently or actually existing <the most charming writer extant -- G. W. Johnson> b : not destroyed or lost <extant manuscripts>
commodity
NOUN 1 : an economic good: as a : a product of agriculture or mining b : an article of commerce especially when delivered for shipment <commodities futures> c : a mass-produced unspecialized product <commodity chemicals> <commodity memory chips> 2 a : something useful or valued <that valuable commodity patience> b : CONVENIENCE, ADVANTAGE 3 obsolet: QUANTITY, LOT 4 : one that is subject to ready exchange or exploitation within a market <the sensitive female singer-songwriter as a viable pop commodity -- Elysa Gardner>
lineage
NOUN 1 a : descent in a line from a common progenitor b : DERIVATION 2: a group of individuals tracing descent from a common ancestor; especially : such a group of persons whose common ancestor is regarded as its founder
exigency
NOUN 1 : that which is required in a particular situation -- usually used in plural 2 a : the quality or state of being exigent b : a state of affairs that makes urgent demands <a leader must act in any sudden exigency>
eldritch
ADJ WEIRD, EERIE
reproof
criticism for a fault : REBUKE
bedizen
VERB to dress or adorn gaudily
temporal
ADJ of or relating to time as opposed to eternity b : of or relating to earthly life c: lay or secular rather than clerical or sacred : CIVIL <lords temporal> 2 : of or relating to grammatical tense or a distinction of time 3 a : of or relating to time as distinguished from space b : of or relating to the sequence of time or to a particular time : CHRONOLOGICAL
wary
ADJ marked by keen caution, cunning, and watchful prudence especially in detecting and escaping danger; synonym see CAUTIOUS
essay
VERB 1 : to put to a test 2 : to make an often tentative or experimental effort to perform : TRY; synonym see ATTEMPT
inoportune
ADJ INCONVENIENT, UNSEASONABLE
depravity
NOUN 1 : the quality or state of being depraved 2 : a corrupt act or practice
boon
NOUN 1 : BENEFIT, FAVOR; especially : one that is given in answer to a request 2: a timely benefit : BLESSING
adduce
VERB to offer as example, reason, or proof in discussion or analysis
vehemence
the quality or state of being vehement : INTENSITY

vehement ADJ marked by forceful energy
unwonted
being out of the ordinary : RARE, UNUSUAL 2 : not accustomed by experience
comely
ADJ 1 : pleasurably conforming to notions of good appearance, suitability, or proportion 2 : having a pleasing appearance : not homely or plain synonym see BEAUTIFUL
sunder
VERB transitive senses : to break apart or in two : separate by or as if by violence or by intervening time or space intransitive senses : to become parted, disunited, or severed; synonym see SEPARATE
consign
VERB 1 : to give over to another's care 2 : to give, transfer, or deliver into the hands or control of another; also : to commit especially to a final destination or fate <a writer consigned to oblivion> 3 : to send or address to an agent to be cared for or sold; intransitive senses, obsolete : AGREE, SUBMIT; synonym see COMMIT
countenance
VERB to extend approval or toleration to : SANCTION; may also be used as a NOUN
importunate
ADJ 1 : troublesomely urgent : overly persistent in request or demand 2: TROUBLESOME
affinity
NOUN 1 : relationship by marriage 2 : ATTRACTION
concord
NOUN 1 : a state of agreement
erudition
NOUN extensive knowledge acquired chiefly from books : profound, recondite, or bookish learning; synonym see KNOWLEDGE
vilify
) VERB 1 : to lower in estimation or importance 2 : to utter slanderous and abusive statements against : DEFAME; synonym see MALIGN
commodious
ADJ 1 : comfortably or conveniently spacious : ROOMY <a commodious closet> 2 archaic : HANDY, SERVICEABLE; synonym see SPACIOUS